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Video Clip of The Week: The Cuckoos, “Heartbreak Paradise”


Looking back, I could say it was all a dream, except that I have hard evidence of a time in ‘popular music’– between the Rock of the ’80s (aka Butt Music) and Grunge — during which it was possible to still hear some straight-forward classic rock with an alt edge (bands like The Church come to mind) that didn’t conform to any uber-twee sub-genre. You know, like music sounded in the ‘60s and ‘70s: when there were maybe 5 genres of music, tops. This week’s Sunday Jam, “Heartbreak Paradise” from Austin Texas-based rockers The Cuckoos, takes me back to that simpler, vastly superior time.  Nostalgia!

Visually, “Heartbreak Paradise” features pink-hued performance footage over tropical snippets from the band’s time at Carnaval de Bahidora in Las Estacas, Mexico. According to the groups vocalist/keyboardist Kenneth Frost, the video represents the ‘heartbreak paradise’ described in the song. “It’s about a place for all the people that have fallen in and out of love,” Frost explains, “a place that serves as a temporary fix for those longing for love but who are unable to move on from what they’ve lost.” We’ve all been there, right?

I don’t want to spend too much time fellating “Heartbreak Paradise” with an excess of lofty praise just because it gives me a stiffy for decent music. Watch the video for yourself and thank me later. “Heartbreak Paradise” is the latest single from The Cuckoos self-titled 2017 EP, which I’m guessing you should probably pick up. Catch The Cuckoos on tour by consulting the tour dates below. Enjoy!

The Cuckoos Spring Tour Dates
Apr 13 – The Electric Church, Austin, TX
May 4 – Dallas, TX – Three Links
May 6 – Little Rock, AR – Stickyz Rock N Roll Chicken Shack
May 7 -Nashville, TN – The End
May 8 – Charlottesville, VA – The Southern
May 10 – New York, NY – Berlin
May 11 – Baltimore, MD – Windup Space
May 12 – Providence, RI – Alchemy
May 13 – Philadelphia, PA – Kung Fu Necktie
May 14 -Boston, MA – Middle East Upstairs
May 16 – Pittsburgh, PA – Smiling Moose
May 17 – Chicago, IL – Beat Kitchen
May 18 – Cleveland, OH – The Foundry

The Cuckoos Band

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Video Clip of The Week: Super Whatevr, “Telelelevision”


Top Ten Things I Like About This Weeks’ Video Clip, “Telelelevision” By Super Whatevr

1. Superwhatevr are a band from Orange County, California, which is where I am also from. Represent.

2. This song is called “Telelelevision,” and watching Television is in my top three favorite things that I like to do! Yay!

3. On weekend mornings, we should get to watch cartoons, right? This clip is animated, so that’s like a cartoon. Win Close enough!

4. Musically, “Telelelevision” sounds like it could be a lost Pixies‘ song. I like The Pixies.

5. Also, back in the ’90s there was a one-hit wonder, post-Grunge band from California called The Flys, formed by a couple of brothers who were most famous for making sunglasses and surfing. I am pretty sure I interviewed them at one point. Anyway, their hit was called “Got You Where I want You,” and “Telelelevision” sort of reminds me of that song.

6. Pink is my favorite color, and this video features lots of pink, and various shades of pink, so I enjoy watching it, as it pleases my eyeballs.

7. The video was animated by Eat The Danger, who has done the videos for “Lisbon” by Wolf Alice and Courtney Barnett’s “Dead Fox.”

8. The fluid nature of the animation makes the video especially optimal for watching while you are high on any kind of even mildly psychedelic drug.

9. I like the part where the protagonist rides a big Rubber Duck.

10. “Telelelevision” can be found on Superwhatevr’s debut full-length, Never Nothing, out now via Hopeless Records. Enjoy!

Super Whatevr.

Why Do Some People Hate Cilantro?


Cilantro — sometimes referred to as the Benedict Cumberbatch of Taco Toppings — is one of the most polarizing herbs the planet. But what is it about this little plant that stokes such intense vitriol from some people, while the rest of us can’t get enough? The answer’s in the science! Watch this video and achieve enlightenment as to the root of the Cilantroversy!

Cilantroversy

Video Clip of The Week: Monster Magnet, “Ejection”

Do you like to Rock? I sure do, and one band that can always be relied upon to bring the Rock is Monster Magnet, fronted by one of the last great American rock gods, Dave Wyndorf! It is true that this particular Sunday morning is kind of a suckfest, because it’s the first day of Daylight Saving Time, which blows, because that means we have lost one hour of precious weekend sleep. Lame City. So, let’s focus instead on how much better this morning will be, now that we have a new Monster Magnet tune and video to kick our asses into a waking state. You’re welcome!

This rad clip, “Ejection,” is actually a smokin’ hot, rocket-fueled cover of a tune by Lemmy’s old band from the ’70s, Hawkwind! Fans may recall that Monster Magnet previously covered Hawkwind’s “The Right Stuff” on 2004’s Monolithic Baby!, so you know that Dave is a big fan. The original song is a true ’70s classic and couldn’t be a better indication of what to expect from the new album! I also enjoy the visuals of what looks like the band performing while floating across the vast cosmos as a volcano erupts in the  background. Or something like that.

“Ejection” is the second single from  MindFucker — Monster Magnet’s eleventh studio album  — which will be released on March 23rd, 2018 via Napalm Records. Enjoy!

MindFucker Album Cover

Video Clip of The Week: IAMX, “Stardust”

Making his impressive debut in the Video Clip of The Week this Sunday is Chris Corner’s IAMX, with the Performance Art-oriented clip for the track “Stardust.” Featuring celebrity tattoo artist Kat Von D, this clip captures everything that makes the gothic/industrial scene so mesmerizing, while managing to keep this much-fetishized genre (which arguably, saw its commercial peak in the late 90s) fresh and intriguing. Mostly, it reminds me of my club days, when NYC venues like The Bank and Limelight were the places to go to dance yourself silly from midnight to dawn while communing with the other creatures of the night. Good times.

“Stardust” can be found on IAMX‘s recently released album, Alive In New Light. Recommended if You Like: Nine Inch Nails, Goldfrapp, Sisters of Mercy. Spring Tour Dates are below! Watch the uncensored clip at This Link. Enjoy!

IAMX Alive In New Light Cover

IAMX SPRING TOUR DATES

4/19 Washington, DC @Rock&Roll Hotel
4/21 Brooklyn, NYC @Rough Trade (with Kat Von D)
4/22 Brooklyn, NYC @Rough Trade (with Kat Von D)
4/24 Boston, MA @Middle East
4/26 Montreal, QB @Le Belmont
4/27 Toronto, ON @Lee’s Palace
4/28 Chicago, IL @Bottom Lounge
4/30 Denver, CO @Bluebird Theatre
5/1 Salt Lake City, UT @Metro Music Hall
5/3 Vancouver, BC @Biltmore Cabaret
5/4 Seattle, WA @The Crocodile
5/5 Portland, OR @Aladdin
5/7 San Francisco, CA @Great American Music Hall (with Kat Von D)
5/9 Los Angeles, CA @Fonda Theater (with Kat Von D)
5/23 Guadalajara, MEX @C3 Stage
5/24 Mexico City, MEX @Lunario

IAMX STARDUST

Video Clip of The Week: Jonny Polonsky, “Fresh Flesh”


Hey Bitches, guess what? The ‘Gig has an extra special treat for your eyes and ears this week. One of my favorite humans on the planet, singer/songwriter, multi-instrumental and all-around Rock God, Jonny Polonsky, has a new album out now, and for today’s Sunday Jam we’ve got “Fresh Flesh,” the album’s title track and its accompanying, moody video just for you. You’re welcome. If you’ve been paying close attention to what bubbles just below the surface of what passes for modern rock these days, you already know that Jonny Polonsky is a Maverick Rock and Roll Genius and American Treasure. If you’re late to the party, do some quick reading on Polonsky’s wildly impressive background and get yourself schooled!

“Fresh Flesh” sounds to me like it would be right at home on the soundtrack of any David Lynch film. Jonny himself offers that it’s comparable to “what you get when you melt down Siouxsie and the Banshees with Tom Petty, and top it off with a guitar solo that’s as subtle as shaving with a sandblaster. “Fresh Flesh” is a slow motion slam dance at Dante’s death disco — a subterranean examination of what happens when a ride through the tunnel of love turns . . . strange.”

The album Fresh Flesh was recorded by Jonny and his band in just two days at Rick Rubin’s Shangri La Studios, and features special guest appearances from Mark Lanegan (Queens of the Stone Age, Screaming Trees), and Kevin Haskins (Bauhaus, Love and Rockets), so you probably want to pick that up. Enjoy!

Jonny Polonsky Video Still

Video Clip of The Week: The Damned, “Standing On The Edge Of Tomorrow”

Ah, The Damned: a band that has managed to stay fresh and vital through subtle sonic reinvention for four decades now — wow! Punk Rock pioneers whose strong pop sensibilities and solid musicianship have allowed them to transcend the trends, they are making their debut appearance as the Video Clip of The Week with their new single, the anthemic “Standing On The Edge Of Tomorrow” — and what an honor that is. Visually, “Standing On The Edge Of Tomorrow” is a Bladerunner-esque adventure that’s their most ambitious video to date. Vocalist and charismatic frontman Dave Vanian, who also directed the clip, has this to say about the song’s message:

“This is a cry for [us] to recognize our humanity, before it’s too late. There is a strong influence of (songwriter/ producer) Joe Meek here: “Telstar” was a glorious song about the opportunities of the future. I’d like to think that ‘“Standing On The Edge Of Tomorrow” reflects a similar sentiment.”

Vanian adds: “The exploration and colonization of other worlds is something we will face in the not so distant future. My fervent hope is that we do not take our fears and prejudices with us and repeat the mistakes we have made on our home planet.”

“Standing On The Edge Of Tomorrow” can be found on The Damned’s first new album in a decade, Evil Spirits, due out via Search And Destroy / Spinefarm Records on April 13th, 2018. Evil Spirits was produced by the legendary Tony Visconti and recored in just nine days — punk rock! Enjoy!

Damned Band 2018